As 2016 comes to an end, a select number of country and Americana albums deserve a second listen.
Sarah Potenza’s empowering album Monster touches on topics from body image to the colorful advice of her grandfather. It’s a soulful project, bolstered by The Voice alum’s one-of-a-kind singing style.
Nineties country star Mark Chesnutt released a notable honky-tonk record in Tradition Lives. The album features the “Too Cold at Home” singer’s stunning tribute to Merle Haggard, a cover of “There Won’t Be Another Now.”
And influential American songwriter John Prine’s For Better, or Worse is also worthy of another look. A collection of duets with Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, Kacey Musgraves and Morgane Stapleton, the record also features a song with Prine’s wife Fiona, “My Happiness.”
See the full list of Rolling Stone Country‘s great albums you didn’t hear in 2016 here.